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MIE Students Show off Intriguing Inventions on May Day

On May 1, 14 student teams of seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst demonstrated the prototypes of their useful, inventive, and brilliant designs for all to see. On display was a more powerful clutch for John Deere harvesters, a new and improved method for removing lead paint, a safer extension ladder, and everything else from space-age training shoes to a device that gives people in wheelchairs a much longer reach.

MIE Department Trips the Light Fantastic at Mullins Center

On Friday, April 13, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department hosted its first Ice Skating Social from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center skating rink. The event was the brainchild of Professors Ian Grosse and Matt Lackner. More than 100 students, staff, and faculty members attended the event and skated their hearts out. One faculty member summed it up nicely: "Matt and Ian – that was so much fun!

Former MIE Professor Al Russell Passes Away

Former Mechanical Engineering Professor George Albert (Al) Russell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for 34 years after earning his doctorate in 1968, died April 11 following a brief illness. Professor Russell was born in Steger, Illinois, on August 29, 1936. During his years at UMass Amherst, he was also a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, Digital Equipment Corporation, and other agencies and organizations.

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